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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Trekonderoga Beams 'Star Trek' Into the North Country

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click to enlarge The bridge set on USS Enterprise - COURTESY OF TREKONDEROGA AND RETRO FILM STUDIOS
  • Courtesy of Trekonderoga and Retro Film Studios
  • The bridge set on USS Enterprise
For Trekkies, Vermont and the North Country often feel like the outer reaches of the galaxy, where no Star Trek convention has gone before.

But for three days this weekend, starting at noon Friday, September 4, fans of the classic 1960s sci-fi television series — commonly referred to as "Star Trek: The Original Series" — can beam down to Ticonderoga, N.Y., for the inaugural Trekonderoga 2015.

The first-ever Star Trek convention in the Adirondacks is being co-hosted by the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance and Retro Film Studios. The latter is a Ticonderoga-based fan film group that produces "Star Trek: New Voyages" episodes based on the original series, all of which are available on the internet and viewable free of charge here.

Fans of "Star Trek: TOS" series will definitely want to check out the set of the bridge from the first USS Enterprise, which Retro Film Studios recreated using original blueprints acquired from Desilu Productions.

The convention will also include visits and talks with members of the cast and crew who worked on the original 79 episodes, which ran from 1966 to ’69. They include actress Sally Kellerman, who portrayed Elizabeth Dehner in the second pilot episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before." (Film buffs will likely remember Kellerman's portrayal of the original Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in Robert Altman's 1970 classic, MASH.)

Other guests include Don Marshall, who portrayed Lt. Boma in the "Star Trek" episode, "The Galileo Seven"; Sean Kenney, who played Capt. Christopher Pike in the two-part episode, "The Menagerie"; Louise Sorel, who played Rayna Kapec in “Requiem for Methuselah”; and BarBara Luna, who played Marlena Moreau in the all-time classic episode, “Mirror, Mirror.”

Also beaming down for this weekend's festivities is Eric Stillwell, who worked on both the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Voyager” series. Notably, Stillwell cowrote the TNG story for the highly acclaimed episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” which garnered three Emmy award nominations. Stillwell also cowrote the "Star Trek: Voyager" episode “Prime Factors,” which was nominated for a Sci-Fi Universe Award.

Sci-fi author and screenwriter David Gerrold is also scheduled to materialize at Trekonderoga. Gerrold, who's written for a number of other popular sci-fi TV series, including "Babylon 5," Twilight Zone," "Land of the Lost" and "Tales From the Dark Side," is perhaps best known for creating one of the most memorable "Star Trek" episodes from the original series: "The Trouble With Tribbles."

Thoroughly geeked out yet? There's more. Retro Film Studios will also host studio tours, screenings of "The Trouble With Tribbles" and a visit by (go figure) the original Batmobile on Saturday, September 5. 

For a complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets in advance, check out the Trekconderoga 2015 website here. (Note: Admission will be capped at 300 people, so if you're planning to attend, maximum warp yourself to the site.)

Volunteers are still needed for such areas as registration, the convention operations center, local transport and logistics, audio-visual equipment, and other duties, and will receive a complementary convention admission ticket for the three days. Interested? Contact Gary Evans at ge1947ster@gmail.com. 



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Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.

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